14-year-old girl raped in middle of day while out jogging in park

Rebecca Speare-Cole
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Police are appealing for witnesses after a 14 year-old girl was raped in Goodmayes Park on Monday, 1 February.
Police are appealing for witnesses after a 14 year-old girl was raped in Goodmayes Park on Monday, 1 February. (Google Maps)

A 14-year-old girl was raped by a man who attacked her while she was jogging in a London park in broad daylight.

The teenager was grabbed by a man wearing blue tracksuit bottoms and a long black jacket at around 2.30pm on Monday in Goodmayes Park, Ilford, the Metropolitan Police said.

In a statement on Tuesday, the force said the girl was running near the basketball courts when a man, who officers estimate is aged between 17 and 20 years old, grabbed her.

He then forced her into some bushes and raped her, Scotland Yard added.

Police described the suspect as white, around 6ft tall with straight blonde hair and a slight moustache, wearing blue tracksuit bottoms and a long black jacket.

The victim is being supported by specially trained officers, police said.

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So far there have been no arrests and the investigation is ongoing while police have ramped up patrols in the area and are now appealing for information.

Detective Constable Gemma Morris from the Met Police's East Area Command Unit, said: “Goodmayes Park would have been busy at the time of the afternoon and I am appealing to anyone that was in the park and saw the male described to please come forward and provide us with information.

“No matter how small or insignificant you think your information might be, it could really help our investigation.”

Anyone with information can contact police via 101 or tweet MetCC quoting CAD5395/1Feb, or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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